American teacher and clergyman who was president of Adelbert College and Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
He attended and graduated from Harvard University in 1876.
He was a member of the National Negro Committee in 1909 and supported the NAACP from 1909 until 1929.
He grew up in New Sharon, Maine with his family.
He signed a petition to US President William McKinley to mediate the conflict between Great Britain and the Transvaal and the Orange Free State in 1899.